Last night, Twitter was abuzz with breaking news regarding a lawsuit filed against Minnnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook over allegations of abuse from his former girlfriend. That news came just minutes after ESPN’s Adam Schefter had posted a Tweet claiming Dalvin Cook was the victim of abuse and extortion.
Here’s Schefter’s tweet:
Over the past 24 hours, this story has continued to unravel, and as that has happened, Schefter has also taken some flack for his reporting.
In a Twitter thread by the Washington Posts’ Robert Klemko, Schefter is called out for posting the above tweet before hearing both sides of the story. Klemko goes on to criticize Schefter for being so eager to break this news that he failed to properly investigate. He claims that, while Schefter is not being paid to be a journalist (and therefore abide by journalistic standards), he should understand the repercussions of his actions — many other news outlets took his story and ran with it, as is usually the case.
Klemko also points out that Schefter has worked closely with Cook’s agent and is often the first to break news on the Vikings running back. So it seems as though Tuesday night’s Tweet was Schefter’s way of “paying the piper” and allowing Cook’s team to get out in front of the lawsuit that was headed his way.
Heres a look at the thread from Klemko:
Not a good look for Schefty.
As for Cook, a lawsuit was filed against him by his former girlfriend, Sergeant Gracelyn Trimble. The report states that Cook assaulted Trimble when she flew to his house in Minnesota to break up with the All-Pro back and retrieve her belongings. Trimble claims she sustained a concussion and scars on her face during the altercation. Photos of the damage to her face, along with text messages, have also been released by Trimble’s team.
Cook has also given his side of the story, claiming Trimble broke into his home, and maced and assaulted he and his friends. He also released video which seems to show the couple fighting, with Cook asking his former girlfriend to let go of his hair as she threatens him.
The NFL says it will not act on this case at the moment, as it is a civil case and no chargers have been brought forth. However, they are keeping an eye on things as they develop. Stay tuned.